Author: Nichola Fletcher
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Feasts, banquets, and grand dinners have always played a vital role in our lives. They oil the wheels of diplomacy, smooth the paths of the ambitious, and spread joy at family celebrations. They lift the spirits, involve all our senses and, at times, transport us to other fantastical worlds. Some feasts have given rise to hilarious misunderstandings, at others competitive elements take over. Some are purely for pleasure, some connect uncomfortably with death, but all are interesting. Nichola Fletcher has written a captivating history of feasts and entertaining throughout the ages that includes the dramatic failures along with the dazzling successes. From a humble meal of potatoes provided by an angel, to the extravagance of the high medieval and Renaissance tables groaning with red deer and wild boar, to the exquisite refinement of the Japanese tea ceremony, Charlemagne's Tablecloth covers them all. In her gustatory exploration of history's great feasting tables, Fletcher also answers more than a few riddles, such as "Why did Charlemagne use an asbestos tablecloth at his feasts?" and "Where did the current craze for the elegant Japanese Kaiseki meal begin?" Fletcher answers these questions and many more while inviting readers to a feasting table that extends all the way from Charlemagne's castle to her own millennium feast in Scotland. This is an eclectic collection of food and feasts from the flamboyant to the eccentric, the delicious to the disgusting, and sometimes just the touchingly ordinary. For anyone who has ever sat down at a banquet dining table and wondered, "Why?" Nichola Fletcher provides the delicious answer in a book that is a feast all its own.
Author: Tina Frolund
Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds.
Author: Melissa Brackney Stoeger
An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.
Author: Andrew F. Smith
Publisher: Reaktion Books
From obscure Pre-Columbian beginnings in the Andes Mountains to global popularity today, the story of the potato is one of rags to riches. In Potato, esteemed culinary historian Andrew F. Smith reveals the captivating story of a once lowly vegetable that has changed—and continues to change—the world. First domesticated by prehistoric people in the Andes, the potato has since been adopted by cultures around the globe. For instance, the potato was aggressively adopted by cooks in India and China, where it has become a dietary staple. In fact, these two countries now stand as the world’s largest potato producers. Nonetheless, despite its popularity, in this era of both fast food and health consciousness, the potato is now suffering negative publicity regarding its low nutritional value. Its health benefits continue to be debated, especially considering that the potato is most often associated with the ubiquitous but high-calorie french fry. Potato is a captivating read that provides a concisely written but thoroughly researched account of the history, economy, politics, and gastronomy behind this beloved starch—as well as recipes. As loaded with goodies as a well-dressed baked potato, this book is comforting and satisfying.
Author: Jim Mac Laughlin
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
Donegal: the making of a northern county (Four Courts Press. 2007) This anthology uses extracts from a wide variety of sources to examine social and geographical change in Donegal over the past five centuries. Combining the approaches of the literary anthologist with those of the historian and social geographer. Jim Mac Laughlin focuses on changes in community life and material culture in Donegal from the pro-Colonial period to the late twentieth century. `Rich in what is called in Gaelic, tir colas, or knowledge of the land. The sheer range of his research shows his commitment to promoting an understanding of Donegal's unique character. I salute him for that achievement.' Frank McGuinness. playicright `Masterful, as complete a picture of this northern county and its people as one could possibly wish for.' Irish Times `Packed with insights about the historical-geographical specificity of nationalism and nation-states. Mae Laughlin places the history of nationalism in Europe in the whole misbegotten history of racial stereotypes, religious prejudices and competing elite political projects of nation state-formation.' Professor John Agnew. University of California. Los Angeles `A wide-ranging analysis of nation-building which uses Irish history to illuminat nationalism as a modern process. A major contribution to the discussion.' Professor Immanuel Wallerstein. Yale University `Mae Laughlin writes with a sharp brilliance about the intersection between places. politics, systems and cultures, while steering clear of any surrender to global blandness.' Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times `Concerned with the intersection between private anguish and public policy, this thoroughly researched work argues passionately against a complacent acceptance of the conditions that continue to produce emigration.' Irish Times
You are what you eat
Author: Annette M. Magid
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
A revised edition of the gourmand's guide to travel in Tuscany incorporates more than forty new entries and focuses exclusively on the region's foods and local wines, listing little-known shops, markets, festivals, and wineries. Original.